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black whale,

name for the black right whaleright whale,
name for whales of the family Balaenidae. They were so named by whalers, who for centuries considered them "the right whales" to hunt, because they float when killed and because they yield enormous quantities of oil and of baleen.
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 and for the sperm whalesperm whale,
largest of the toothed whales, Physeter catodon, found in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is also called cachalot. Male sperm whales may grow to more than 70 ft (21 m) long and females to 30 ft (9 m).
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In an essay about the death of a stranded black whale, Liu recalls the kin connection he has with the dying animal:
One January night almost 50 years ago I found myself looking straight into the eye of a large black whale. It had just finished swimming on its back, exposing a gleaming white underbelly, through a dense bed of kelp.
Al-Fardous describes her forthcoming challenge as completely different from the first one in terms of the geographical location, the nature of the currents of the Antarctic and the aquatic life she might encounter, such as black whales, seals and penguins, which will be in the migration phase in February, from the north to the south.
As the boat steered a course between the sandbacks, like the smooth backs of black whales, Dunston Staiths approached on the Gateshead side.
Black whales and bottlenose dolphins caught in waters near the town would be released into the area, which would be developed as a nature park that also includes beaches and mudflats, he said.